School Counselors Want to Keep Parents in Dark on Gender Transition

As schools around the nation adopt more “gender affirming” policies following the Biden administration’s promotion of the practice, members of national education organizations, such as the American School Counselor Association, may be withholding that information from students’ parents, the Post Millennial reported Friday.

The article stated that the student counseling organization, which boasts some 75,000 members of the total 300,000 guidance counselors, advocates for the students to decide who can be told about their gender identity.

“School counselors recognize that the responsibility for determining a student’s gender identity rests with the student rather than outside confirmation from medical practitioners, mental health professionals or documentation of legal changes,” the organization’s adopted practice standards regarding transgender and gender-nonconforming youth state. “Transgender and gender-nonconforming students have the right to decide when, with whom and to what extent to share private information. When contacting the parent/guardian of a transgender or gender-nonconforming student, school staff should use the student’s legal name and the pronoun corresponding to the student’s assigned sex at birth, unless the student or parent/guardian has specified otherwise.”

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